Josh Gordon, Suspended NFL Player, To Spend 2014 Season At A Car Dealership
Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns’ suspended wide receiver, will be spending the 2014 NFL season at a car dealership in Ohio instead of at football stadiums across the country.
Josh Gordon Lands Car Dealership Job
Gordon, 23, led the NFL in receiving yards last year as a powerful force for the Browns' offense, but this year he’ll be trying to rack up sales at Sarchione Auto Group, where he’ll serve as a goodwill ambassador, reported ESPN. While he won’t be an on-floor salesman, Gordon will be heading out into the community on behalf of the dealership when his job starts this weekend.
Gordon had initially hoped to play in the Canadian Football League, but due to restrictions in the Browns contract, the athlete is ineligible to play in another league. Furthermore, CFL teams are prohibited from picking up players that are suspended in other leagues. Even Browns coach Mike Pettine was unaware of what Gordon’s plans would be for his suspended year.
"Due to the rules of the suspension, we're not allowed to have contact with him. We're just finding that out as well," Pettine told reporters. "That's something I don't really want to get into because I want to discuss the guys that are here … Internally we want what's best for him. We just hope for that to occur.”
It was reported late last month that Gordon would be suspended for the duration of the 2014 season following a failed drug test for marijuana that put him in violation of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, reported SB Nation. In reaction to the ruling, Gordon said, "I'd like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn't exercise better discretion and judgment in my case.”
The failed drug test, however, was not Gordon’s first infraction for marijuana use. While playing at Baylor, Gordon tested positive for the drug twice before he was dismissed. After the Browns picked him up in the draft, he violated the substance abuse policy there as well and consequently missed the first two games of the 2013 NFL season.